CCSD is Proud to Announce New Appointments

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

The Charleston County School District is proud to announce new appointments:

Robin Jones, Executive Director of Instructional Programs

Michelle Simmons, Interim Director of Elementary Learning Community

Jones will serve as the Executive Director of Instructional Programs. Jones a nationally recognized educator for innovation programs comes to CCSD with nearly 20 years of proven successes in academic leadership.

“We are excited to have Ms. Jones join the Learning Services Team,” said Cindy Ambrose, Deputy Superintendent. “We know that through her leadership, enthusiasm and direction, thousands of students have had increased opportunities to succeed at high levels.”

The district also announced Simmons has been appointed to serve as the Interim Director of the Elementary Learning Community. Simmons has served as a CCSD administrator for 14 years, and currently leads Stono Park Elementary School, serving as Principal since 2010.

Simmons also served as Principal of CC Blaney Elementary School, Assistant Principal at Goodwin Elementary School, and began her career in education in Charleston County, by teaching at Mary Ford Elementary School.

Simmons holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from South Carolina State University, and a Master’s in Elementary Education Administration and Supervision and an Ed.S. in Education Leadership from The Citadel.

"Mrs. Simmons is an impeccable student-centered, data driven, servant leader who has created a culture of determination and academic successes at Stono Park,” said Deputy Superintendent Cindy Ambrose. “During this interim period, her expertise will prove to be most beneficial as she supports programs, leaders and schools in the Elementary Learning Community.”

Immediately prior to joining the CCSD team, Jones served as principal for the Academy for the Arts, Science & Technology: A STEM School which is a dynamic, innovative, student-centered, technology rich learning environment focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Theatre and Visual Arts. She successfully managed the transition of AAST from two-year program school to become a 9 - 12 school organized around STEM-specific and fine arts career majors/pathways.

Also, she served as the assistant principal at Carolina Forest High School, a campus styled facility with 2000 students and 110 staff members; and from 2000-2005 served as the Horry County Schools, School-Community Programs Specialist. In that role, she managed School-To-Work initiatives within the department of Career & Technology Education. She worked closely with the district’s director of CATE to monitor 41 CATE programs to assure continued improvement. In addition, Jones has teaching and leadership experience in Charlotte Mecklenburg School District, and she also owned a marketing firm.

Jones has been involved across the state and region in a variety of education leadership roles. In her community, currently she serves on the following boards: Coastal Carolina University: Edwards College of Humanities Board of Visitors, Grand Stand Technology Council, Myrtle Beach Area Advisory Board, and the Carolina Forest Area Advisory Board. Further, she has received the Grand Strand Technology Council “Technology Leadership and Innovator in Education” Award and was selected as the “Administrator of the Year” by the South Carolina Student Council Association.

Jones will begin her new role in January 2018.